8th Annual Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day

Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & Railway Festival Saturday June 1, 2019

The festival is a celebration of our regions heritage, our Railway History, and Virginia’s role in the formation of our country ….1619 to today.  Continuous entertainment in story and song.  Food from around the globe and our own backyard.  Enjoy quilt exhibits, demonstrations, vendors, displays that entertain, educate and enchant.

The Festival takes place throughout downtown Clifton Forge VA, at the beautifully restored Historic Masonic Theatre, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, the Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library, and Clifton Forge School of the Arts. Travel down the road a block and find more music, food, demonstrations, vendors and displays at the C&O Heritage Center.  1619 was a pivotal year in the establishment of the first permanent English colony in North America. It was the year of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, and the recruitment of English women in significant numbers.  Celebrate a day of Virginia milestones with history, food, music and fun.

8th Annual Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Railway Festival, 2019

Clifton Forge Virginia

KICK OFF HERITAGE DAY 2019 on Friday evening downtown CFVA

Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm  The Historic Masonic Theatre present WannaBeatles in Concert, sponsored by Covington/Hot Springs Rotary Club

WannaBeatles at The Historic Masonic Theatre

The WannaBeatles 2019 Tour
Friday, May 31, 2019, at 7:30pm
In the John E. Hillert Auditorium
Tickets: $20/17/15; Box Seats: $30
THE WANNABEATLES are Grammy-nominated entertainers that have started a bit of Beatlemania of their own, and after their memorable concert on our main stage in 2017, they are now a member of the family! The big question: Who will dance on stage with the four lads during this performance? Maybe you?! It’s becoming a tradition.
Get ready to take a magical mystery tour filled with great Beatles standards, hilarious parodies, on stage antics, fab fan trivia, and much more.

Saturday, June 1, 2019, Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Railway Festival, Clifton Forge, Virginia, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine – No admission fee.

Church Street CFVA

Heritage Day Menu and Location  10:00 to 5:00  unless otherwise indicated

Masonic Marketplace, Underground, Historic Masonic Theatre, Water, Soft Drinks, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Tee Shirts, What’s Your Story? Books

Lion’s Club Home Made Ice Cream

Heritage Day Bier Garten and Cidery Tent

English Muffins & Tea Tent 2:00 pm

German Wurst & Sauerkraut

Kettle Korn

Puffinbargers Barbeque

Indian Tacos

Soul Sisters Soul Food

What and Where

Memory Lane, Clifton Forge Main Street, 10:00 to 5:00

Lollie’s Quilt Shop, 515 E Ridgeway, Long Arm Quilting Demo

Fire & Light Gallery, 509 E Ridgeway, Antique Camera Display, Photography’s Importance to History

AH Arts & Crafts Center439 E Ridgeway, “Hands-On Women’s Work Through the Years”, Spinning, Hand-Quilting, Bellows-Making, Felting in Miniature, Basket-Making, Broom-Making, 1940’s Kitchen Demo, Vintage Quilt Exhibit

CF Town Hall Parking Lot, Antique Car & Tractor Display

Historic Masonic Theatre, 510 Main Street

1:00 pm John E Hillert Auditorium, Quilts of Valor Ceremony

American Evolution Documentary

Alleghany Highlands History Documentary

Historic Masonic Theatre, Underground

Mike Hayslett’s Stories of Alleghany Highlands, “The Way We Were” (Emphasis on Alleghany Highland-18thCentury), Jim Lloyd-Banjo, Kim Feinhauer-Irish Tunes, What’s Your Story? Stories of the Highlands, Jim Lloyd, Mr. Ed & Winnie

Masonic Amphitheatre Lawn & Church Street

Blacksmithing, Master Naturalist Display, The Honey Bee, The Colonial Tent, Heritage Animals, Children’s Games (Giant Bubble Machine, Face Painter, Corn Hole), Greenwood Display

Clifton Forge School of the Arts & Mill

Woodworking, Books and Authors, Hand-made Alpaca Products, Stained Glass, Walking Sticks, TenCare Natural Skin Products, Silk Fusion, CF Alumni, Jackson River Enterprises Baskets, Glass Making, Pottery, FiberArts Network, Children’s Activities

Church Street & Jefferson

Profiles in Honor Mobile Exhibit, Trackless Train Station

Profiles in Honor Mobile Exhibit: Friday, May 31, noon to 6:00pm, Saturday, June 1, 10:00 to 5:00 pm

The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour brings an interactive exhibit to museums, libraries, and historic sites throughout Virginia. Modeled on the highly successful Civil War 150 HistoryMobile tour, Profiles of Honor brings to life the state’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. This partnership with the Library of Virginia will help preserve the documents and stories of our veterans for generations.

Centuries of Time, Clifton Forge Public Library

Alleghany Historical Society Exhibit, Threadbenders, Clifton Forge Woman’s Club, Alleghany Genealogical Society, includes a Glimpse into the Future Discovery Center in Covington, Wrightsville Museum Exhibit, Toy and Doll Display-the Role of Children in History, VFW Posts 4299 & 1033, Sam Hale’s Antique Furniture, Native American Music and History, Animal Pelts & Other Fascinating Things”,50 Years of “Virginia is for Lovers” Logo, Scanning Station for Profiles in Honor Exhibit

Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church

“These Quilts Tell the Story” Church Pew Display, Quiltmakers tell the stories of their quilts.

C&O Heritage Center, Transportation and History

Main Street downtown CFVA


Mini Train Rides, Interactive Display, N Scale and O Scale Displays, Motor Car Rides, Visit the Railway Cars and more.


What’s Happening When  

Historic Masonic Theatre Stage

John Hillert Auditorium

10:00 A – Newsreels, PBS 1619-2019 American Evolution video, and Chamber videos (throughout the day between other events)

1:00 P – Quilts of Valor Ceremony

“Evolution Of America: 1619 to Today,” Examines 400th Anniversary of Commemorative Events in Virginia

Underground Entertainment

10 am -5 pm – Masonic Marketplace

11:30a – Joan Vannorsdall-What’s Your Story?  Storytelling session

12:30P – Jim Lloyd, banjo player

1:30P – Mike Hayslett-Colonial Storyteller

2:15P – Kim Feinauer – Clarinet – Irish Ballads

3:00P – Alleghany Highlands Blues Society

Amphitheatre Entertainment

10:05A – Opening Remarks

10:30A- Patsy’s Dance Studio Cloggers

11:30A – Crossing County Lines

12:15P – Patrick Henry Speech

12:30P – CFSOTA Brass Ensemble – German Beer Hall music

1:30P – Native American Dancers

2:00P – Reborn Gospel Ensemble

3:00P – Strum Sum Band

4:00P – Mr. Ed and Winnie

Trackless Train Sponsored by ACE HARDWARE

Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour, Church Street & Jefferson, 10:00 to 5:00 pm, Also open on Friday, May 31, noon to 6:00 pm


SPONSORS:  CF Woman’s Club, ACE Hardware (Sponsor for Trackless Train), CF Friends of the Library, Ingevity, WestRock, AH Chamber of Commerce, AH Historical Society, Old Town Covington, CF Main Street, AH Arts & Crafts Center, C&O Historical Society, Highlands Community Bank, sponsor of Amphitheatre Entertainment.


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